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IBM Offers Simplified Security for New ThinkPad Notebooks

ThinkVantage Technologies Help Automate Security Patches for Less User Intervention

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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC - 20 Oct 2004: IBM today announced the new ThinkPad G41, a powerful notebook that incorporates the dynamic processing power and high-precision graphics of a desktop in a mobile system -- well suited for users needing an economical way to migrate from a desktop to a mobile notebook PC. Available for download, IBM also announced an enhanced version of its Rescue and Recovery software with Antidote Delivery Manager, that simplifies the deployment of critical patches and security fixes.

Helping to streamline daily tasks, the ThinkPad G41 offers a variety of IBM ThinkVantage Technologies that help customers improve PC security, provide choice and ease-of-use in wireless capabilities, and simplify PC management for users and IT staff. The newly enhanced Rescue and Recovery 2.0 with Antidote Delivery Manager helps users conduct easy system back-up and restoration of infected or deleted files as well as deploy critical updates even if the operating system has been corrupted by a worm or virus and will not run. Companies can configure Rescue and Recovery 2.0 to temporarily remove users from the network until they comply, leveraging the tool's pre-boot environment to deploy the updates and help management carry out required and timely maintenance to reduce IT costs.

"We're focused on meeting the varied needs of our customers in all areas of their business, from innovative hardware that is reliable and versatile, to tools and technologies that help make businesses easier to operate," said Bob Galush, vice president, product marketing, IBM Personal Computing Division. "The ThinkPad G41 provides the high performance some customers require while still retaining good mobility. ThinkVantage Technologies top off the package with tools that simplify the complexities of operating a PC."

The ThinkPad G41 is the first IBM notebook PC to incorporate Intel hyper-threading technology, which maximizes the power of Intel Pentium 4 and Celeron D possessors to support multitasking. Hyper-threading allows PCs to run intensive applications such as medical imaging, engineering and statistical computation programs at fast processor speeds, while performing tasks such as security updates and scheduled maintenance, without draining PC power or functionality. These capabilities provide added stability for increased productivity, access to information and customer service.

The ThinkPad G41 is available in 14- and 15-inch screen models and offers a pivoting base to allow easy positioning of the system for comfortable viewing angles. Available NVIDIA and Intel graphics adapters provide users high precision capabilities for the most demanding applications. A ThinkPad DVD recordable drive, capable of reading and writing to all five DVD formats, four USB 2.0 ports and a full-size keyboard further increase the functionality and ergonomics of the ThinkPad G41.

IBM Adds to Portfolio of Industry-Leading Security and Mobile Solutions
IBM also announced today new models of the IBM ThinkPad T42p mobile workstation with Intel's 2.1 GHz Pentium M processor and new 855MP chipset. The ThinkPad T42p includes an enhanced version of IBM's Access Connections tool, Version 3.4. This enhanced version supports additional PC adapters as well as increased compatibility with wireless security standards, providing users simplified access to secure wireless connectivity. Coupled with an optional extended battery of up to 7.5 hours, the ThinkPad T42p offers robust security, manageability and processing power. Select models of the ThinkPad T42p will include fingerprint readers that work in tandem with IBM's Embedded Security Subsystem and Client Security Software to offer industry-leading computing security and data protection.

Security and Flexibility for Small and Medium Businesses
The ThinkPad G41 also will be available this month in "Express" models to provide small and medium businesses cost-effective, powerful mobile platforms and tools that can help reduce the costs of deploying and managing PCs. IBM also is announcing Express models of the ThinkPad T42 with select models featuring the embedded fingerprint reader. IBM Express models of ThinkPad notebooks are industry-oriented and channel-enabled to provide customized solutions through the world's most extensive partner network of business solution providers. IBM Global Financing for IBM Express Solutions makes it easier for small and medium businesses to acquire and manage the IT tools they need, offering leasing options for as little as $24 per month.

Pricing and Availability
The ThinkPad G41 is available now starting at $999.
The IBM T42p mobile workstation is available now starting at $3,999.

Express models of the ThinkPad G41 and ThinkPad T42 are available now starting at $1,019 and $1,699, respectively. ThinkPad T42 models without fingerprint readers start at $1,499. Express models of the ThinkPad G41 and ThinkPad T42 offer 36-month leasing options starting at $24 and $42 per month, respectively.

IBM personal computers are available at www.ibm.com and can also be purchased through select business partners.

Contact(s) information

Christine West
IBM Media Relations
(919) 543-2015
cbwest@us.ibm.com